DETROIT – As temperatures struggle to stay out of the negatives, you might find yourself feeling a bit depressed. But you may be able to amp up your mood with just a few clicks on your smartphone.
From cooking to shopping, gaming to social media, there's an app for everything. There's even apps aimed at boosting people's happiness levels.
Here are just some of them:
- Happier is based off of the idea that positivity is contagious. It's an app where you can share your happy moments, engage in daily challenges and bliss-boosting tips, and have access to hundreds of motivational quotes.
- Music has been proven to give you a jolt of mood-boosting dopamine, making you happier. Songza is a playlist-generating music app that allows you to personalize the music you want to hear. With playlists for "boosting your energy" and "sunny side up morning."
- Research has shown that people are happier when they are outside than when they are inside and the Yonder app is specifically designed to get you outdoors. Yonder introduces you to outdoorsy activities in your area such as biking, fishing, kayaking and more. The app allows you to connect with friends, share your adventures, and create new ones.
- If you're an artist, Sketchbook is another app to keep you happy. It's a sketching and painting app that will keep you engaged for hours, getting you lost in something you love and making you feel happier.
Happier, Songza, Yonder and Sketchbook can be downloaded to any smart phone for free in the app store.